Yes, it finally happened. The Penitent Assassin has a new cover. In fact, over the next few months, all of my books will be getting new covers thanks to the talented work of J Caleb Clark / JCalebDesign.
The Rush of Betrayal books will be getting the biggest make-over. New covers AND new titles. In fact, it will also be split slightly differently too — switching from a duology into a trilogy. Each book will be roughly 95-100k words long. (Currently, the first book is about 100k words long while the second book is pushing 200k words). Since I will be making paperback versions available of all my books this year – I wanted a bit more uniformity in their appearance (plus, as you can imagine, printing charges for massive paperbacks was not very appealing).
The new titles will be:
The Savage Nobles: Stolen Dagger (Part One)
The Savage Nobles: Stolen Justice (Part Two)
The Savage Nobles: Stolen Crown (Part Three)
I’ll likely tease at least part of the first new cover over on my Facebook Author page soon. (If you’re on Facebook and you’re not following/friending me over there – please like and follow my Facebook Author Page.)
Earlier today, I saw the first draft of the second cover – and I can’t wait to see the third one in September.
Okay – back to The Penitent Assassin. I have a proof copy of it heading my way and I expect to have it in my hands later this week. I am waaaaay beyond excited and to be honest, I’m almost speechless….I mean, it’s been a lifelong dream to hold a book of mine in my hands so…..big smiles, big smiles!
Shortly after I approve it, the paperbacks will be available for sale. (I’m hoping for mid-August). The Savage Nobles trilogy will likely be late summer/early fall.
Finally – I do have a very rough first draft of a new book featuring some of the characters from my previous books along with new characters finished – and once I’m done with all the paperback formatting work, I’ll dive back into editing it. I’d love to have it available by the end of the year — but it might slip into early 2019. Unfortunately, life sometimes has a way of messing up one’s plans.
Thanks for reading!
Okay, so I’m not the most regular blogger….
I really, really would like to fix that someday. Seriously.
I like the idea of blogging at least on a monthly basis (and not just so I don’t have to relearn how the heck to get on here and do posts and all the other fun stuff associated with blogging!).
As for 2013 (and for that matter the fall of 2012)….in the words of Inigo Montoya, “Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.”
It was all about the sleep. Or rather, the lack of it. As many of you may know, I’m a stay-at-home dad who works at a bookstore most evenings and drives for a bakery most nights. I sleep ‘in between’. For the 2012-2013 school year, that meant I napped twice a day from 11pm to 1am and from 5am to 7:30am. That was pretty much it. Needless to say, that left me with a bad case of Zombie Brain (me functioning creatively pretty much on par with a zombie).
So. When I DID have enough creative energy to write, I had a choice. Work on the second half of The Rush of Betrayal OR blog.
As you can see, since I last blogged back in December of 2012, I chose to work on the book.
I also chose to rewrite the book’s ending. The original ending was fine, and most of it is still in the book, but I discovered in the editing process I had just a wee bit more story to share. So while, The Rush of Betrayal: Absolution (Book Two) is the concluding second ‘half’ of the entire novel, in reality it is more like the concluding two-thirds. Yep, so for you fans out there, it means more reading fun, more action, more Josephine, more Ian and quite a few more surprises.
When will The Rush of Betrayal: Absolution (Book Two) be finished? Believe me, I am as anxious to know as you are (and my wife! Trust me, she wants this novel done too. And soon. Very soon. Very, very soon, because I tend to do more cleaning around the house when I’m not editing…..Hmmmm, I wonder if THAT’s why the editing has taken so long….)
In all seriousness, I am working hard to have the book out before Christmas. Of 2013. The editing and tweaking and polishing is almost done. The book cover is done (and I’ll share that with you in just a few days!). The formatting is in good shape. Probably my biggest obstacle is that darn short synopsis that everyone just LOVES to write. I’ll let you in on a little secret, I don’t love writing them. Hey, I love writing massive, epic fantasy novels ranging from 100k to 200k words (or more). My brain doesn’t do short and sweet. If it did maybe I’d write short stories more often, or poetry, or a haiku…
I was talking to a writer friend of mine from twitter, Walter Shuler, the other day about this same issue. I told him I wish I could do something along the lines of a Nike advertisement – something like: JUST READ IT. Or, maybe since I love The Princess Bride, I could do something like the scene near the beginning between the grandfather and the grandson where the grandson asks “Has it got any sports in it?” And the grandfather says, “Are you kidding? Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles…” And I’d say, “Yep, my book has all that PLUS magic, and blood, and sex and even a touch of steam punk.”
Bottom line, I can’t wait to share with you the conclusion of The Rush of Betrayal and I’ll do my best to get it to you very, very soon. (Plus, I’m sure my wife would just LOVE for me to clean the entire house before Christmas!) So, if you haven’t read The Rush of Betrayal: Deception (Book One) yet (or if you have, but it’s been a while), this would be the perfect time to start (again). And for those of you who have wondered, do I need to read The Penitent Assassin before The Rush of Betrayal, the answer is ‘no’, you don’t ‘need’ to, but why wouldn’t you? LOL. Yes, the books are set in the same world and yes, there are some definite connections between them, but they can be read and enjoyed independent of each other as well.
So much for that earlier ‘Let me sum up’, huh? See what I mean! I swear, it’s like my fingers think they’re doing some serious exercising when they’re typing! If only…
Check out both books over at Amazon:
Or, if you’re not an Amazon fan – you can find me and my books over at Smashwords.com too.
Thanks for reading! Happy Thanksgiving! And I chat with you again soon….. 🙂
I know…it’s been a while. I’m sorry. What can I say…after spending much of the past year and a half focused on editing first The Penitent Assassin and then The Rush of Betrayal: Deception (Book One), I needed a little time away to spend with my family. The kids are growing so fast and I wanted to make sure I spent some time with them while they still thought I was cool. (So far, according to them, I am…whew!)
Also, my house, like everything else, is growing older…which meant there were quite a few home-improvement projects which needed my attention. I made a small dent in the ‘honey-do’ list (if you’re a home-owner, you know that list is NEVER-ending!) which of course made my wife happy (and if you’re married, you know the saying ‘happy wife, happy life’). Of course, now she’s starting to get after me to get back to my writing again and as soon as the holiday season is over, and my crazy work hours at the bookstore settle down, I’ll be back hard at work on the final edits of The Rush of Betrayal: Absolution (Book Two).
Speaking of Book Two, yes, I know, I originally thought I would have it done by November 2012 but as I explained above I’ve had a rather busy five months and so my new goal is spring 2013. This extra time will also allow me to expand a bit more on Josephine’s storyline which I think will only improve the final version. I can’t wait to have it finished so I can share the conclusion of Ian’s and Josephine’s story with you.
GOOFY NEWS ALERT:
Back in November, twitter friends of mine and co-hosts of the Southern Fried Inkslingers Podcasts, author Walter Shuler @anakronistical and artist Brad Joyce @Brad_Joyc3 interviewed me. Now, I say ‘interviewed’ but what it really was was three guys pretty much sitting around trying to make each other laugh for over an hour. And it’s safe to say we all succeeded. I had a great time talking with the both of them and just hanging out while enjoying a Mt. Dew (I swear, I wasn’t drinking anything stronger!). I’ve been told the podcast interview will be online either later today or tomorrow. You should definitely check it out…
I plan to blog a bit more often in the upcoming months (it’s not like I can really blog a bit less!) but if for some reason I don’t make it back on here before the end of the year, I wish you all a happy holiday season, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
It looks like tomorrow, July 3rd, 2012 ‘should’ be the release date for The Rush of Betrayal: Deception (Book One). I know, I know, I’m running a few days behind on my self-imposed deadline of ‘the end of June’ but considering how my June played out, I don’t think I did half-bad. I only had one day off during the entire month of June – Father’s Day – and I wasn’t home and able to work on the final edits that day.
Why did you put ‘should’ up there in the first line, Shawn?
Well, assuming I have no problems with my computer, no power outages etc, I ‘should’ be able to release the book on July 3rd. The book is ready. The cover art is ready. I have a short description for the book ready. I’ll be attempting to publish it first on Smashwords.com and then Amazon.com. If I can do both in one day, July 3rd, I will. All I really need is the time….
Time? Aren’t you a stay-at-home dad? You should have all day long to do whatever you want…right?
I wish! While yes, I am a stay-at-home dad, and yes, my kids are really great and able to entertain themselves for a while each day while I write, I do enjoy hanging out with them, taking them out for bike rides and visits to the park and all the other things kids like to do. But in addition to being a stay-at-home dad, I’m working to fix up my house this summer and I work two part-time jobs: I work 5-6 evenings a week at the local bookstore and I drive 6 nights a week for a bakery. Hey, it’s called: ‘paying the bills’. I’m sure you all know how it is! Someday, my goal is to have my writing pay for some of my bills. It’s a dream… 🙂
When do you sleep?
Okay, back to the book. Is this book a sequel to The Penitent Assassin?
Not exactly. I consider it a companion book to The Penitent Assassin. What I mean by this is, events in both The Penitent Assassin and The Rush of Betrayal take place in the same world but in different geographical locations with different characters.
Will characters from these books ever cross-over or meet in future books?
I guess you’ll just have to wait and see, won’t you? 🙂 Too much of a tease? Okay, how about this – there are events happening in this world which do effect all of the characters, you’ll just have to wait and see what happens…
Do I have to read The Penitent Assassin first in order to enjoy or understand the new book?
No. You could read The Rush of Betrayal: Deception (Book One) first and then go back and read The Penitent Assassin, however, readers of both will begin to see some ties between the books and perhaps a grander view of the entire world. My intention is for the world to keep building in your minds with each new book I write and publish…
I see this is ‘book one’. How long will I have to wait until you publish ‘book two’?
My goal for publishing The Rush of Betrayal: Absolution (Book Two) is Oct/Nov 2012. I’ll be able to narrow this down a bit more once summer is over. The book is basically done, it has been edited many times already, all I need to do is finish up some final edits/tweaks and put a final ‘polish’ on a few chapters, check the formatting, and get the book cover done. If I manage to get this all done earlier than Oct/Nov 2012, I will not only let you all know, but I will also publish the book sooner. Of that, I promise!
Will there ever be a movie made of The Penitent Assassin or The Rush of Betrayal?
Wouldn’t that be awesome? They play like movies in my head. I’ve been told by other readers they play like movies in their heads too. I’ve had some people suggest certain actors they’d love see in the role of Mallor (from The Penitent Assassin): Clive Owen, Hugh Jackman, Jude Law and Russell Crowe are the men most commonly mentioned. (If you’re friends with any of these men, why not suggest they read The Penitent Assassin? LOL) For the most part, I think those are pretty good suggestions. What are some of your suggestions for any of the characters in any of the books? (I’m really curious who will be suggested for Lord Ian Weatherall and Josephine Hewes, two of the main characters from The Rush of Betrayal books).
But back to the actual question. Truthfully, I have no idea if or when a movie would ever be made – though I’d love to have that option. So hey, if you’re in the movies, or know anyone who is in the movies, and they love my books, let me know. I’d love to chat with you.
What’s next after both Rush books are published?
I’ve begun to plot out a sequel to The Penitent Assassin. I’ve also tossed around the idea of writing a few short stories starring some of the minor characters from the books. I’m hoping I’ll have a new novel and/or an anthology of short stories available sometime in 2013. Obviously, I’ll let you know when anything new will be coming out.
I love your books, how can I help get the word out about you and your books?
Wow! You are too kind! First, thank you very much. I’m so glad you enjoy my books. Word-of-mouth, twitter, facebook, goodreads, book reviews, blog reviews, blog interviews….Hmmmm….I’m sure there are other ways to spread the word…right? Please, let me know!
Okay, I think that’s it for tonight. (We should probably quit before it gets TOO deep in here! LOL) But hey, before I go, do you have any questions for me? I’d love to hear from you. Leave me a question in the comment section and I’ll do my best to get you an answer.
Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I hope you’ll go check out my books. I’d love to have a chance to entertain you…
Happy Reading. 🙂